Moralistic science fiction at its maddest, Fritz Lang's ambitious silent classic METROPOLIS still has the power to impress us with its inspired art direction and its expressionistic vision.
In a great city of the future, downtrodden industrial workers slave at vile, dehumanizing underground jobs while the upper classes enjoy life above sea level. One day, a raucous party attended by the privileged youth of Metropolis is interrupted by a scruffy group of workers' children led by Maria
(Brigitte Helm), an advocate of better working conditions. This visit impels Freder Frederson (Gustav Frohlich) to go down and investigate his father's giant factory. When Freder re...